Google ARCore Brings Android Augmented Reality To The Masses On Mainstream Devices

Google ARCore Brings Android Augmented Reality To The Masses On Mainstream Devices

Just ahead of iOS 11's launch, which will bring the much-anticipated ARKit to millions of iPhones, Google has slid in with the announcement of ARCore. Apple calls its technology "scene understanding" and its ARKit is compatiblewith AR experiences being designed using softwares such as Unreal Engine. Today, ARCore runs on the Google Pixel and Samsung's Galaxy S8.

Google ARCore is a new Android augmented reality platform that the company has announced for its mobile operating system. According to a company blog post, ARCore builds off that platform - without the sensors tied to Tango or any additional hardware. This tech makes it possible for the developers to light virtual objects in ways that will match the lighting in the surroundings to make the item look more realistic. The firm has also added an experiments with AR page showing what the technology can do.

While ARCore now only works on Google's Pixel and Samsung's Galaxy S8 running Android 7.0 Nougat or higher, the aim is to bring it to all newer Android phones. Google said it aims to reach 100 million devices with the preview of the software and is also working with manufacturers such as Huawei, LG and Asus. Developers can share their ARCore creations on social networks with the hashtag #ARCore and Google promises to reshare the most compelling examples. As noted during I/O, Google is completing work on the Visual Positioning Service to bring AR to the tabletop. This is a crucial difference and divergence from Project Tango where smartphones required special sensors, and hardware along with the software capabilities for the Augmented Reality experience.

Google states: "ARCore's understanding of the real world lets you place objects, annotations, or other information in a way that integrates seamlessly with the real world".

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The left side displays the time, while the right side show cellular and Wi-fi connectivity, as well as remaining battery life. The device will also sport an OLED screen , which makes it brighter and more colorful compared to its predecessors.

Yes, ARCore will probably arrive to millions of Android devices, but only if certain conditions are met.

To recall, Google already has an AR platform called Tango that it's been working on for the past 3 years. That is, no extra sensors or exclusive devices needed to use augmented reality apps. ARCore will enable the construction of AR apps on Android, the most widely used mobile platform on the globe.

Google states that its AR will help a user open up a virtual portal to hidden worlds using any physical surface. It offers three features such as Motion tracking that uses phone's camera to detect your position, environmental understanding for detecting horizontal surfaces, and light estimation to provide ideal light and shadow of virtual objects matching your surroundings.

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